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Design a Wall
Step 1. Questions
What are buildings made of? One answer is that they are made of walls. In many buildings, the walls are blank slates that people decorate. Yet the shape and size of walls defines a building. In a few cases, walls stand by themselves.
For this e-Journal project, you will research and report on an interesting wall or many walls. You also will design your own wall.
Here are some questions to guide your research.
What makes the wall interesting or unique?
What is the length of the wall? What is its shape and height?
What is the purpose of the wall?
What kind of wall would you like to design? Choose the shape of either a triangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, or circle.
What is the perimeter and area of the wall you are designing? (You may make a model on graph paper to find the answers.)
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the Web sites listed in Step 2. Take notes in the note-taking boxes. You may also use search engines, or research interesting walls at the library. When you are ready, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your report.
Step 2. Research
Research answers for the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Names of men and women killed in Vietnam are inscribed onto a v-shaped wall. Visit the memorial online at this Web site.
NIST Stone Test Wall
Why would anyone use over 2000 kinds of stone to build a wall? Learn the answer, and see the wall for yourself, at this Web site. Click links on the left side of the screen to learn about the different stones.
Walk the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the largest human-made objects on Earth. The Chinese built it thousands of years ago to stop invaders. Visit the wall online and read its amazing story.
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